Grind that Garbage
November 19th, 2007
The people at Neighborhood Retail Alliance have played Gotham Gazette’s Garbage Game, and they object to the game’s alternative for food waste. The game provides the player with three options: Throw it in the trash, sort it for composting by the city (a service New York does not provide but other cities do) or compost it yourself. “This will go over real well on the East Side in the multi-million dollar co-ops, and in the housing projects of the South Bronx where the residents see quite enough wild life, than you very much,” the retail blog writes.
Instead, the alliance thinks New Yorkers should put their food waste down the drain to be ground up by a disposal and then go into the sewage system. This was not an option in the game, in part because New York’s sewer system is already overburdened, and garbage disposals seem to have made little dent in the five boroughs. (It could also reflect at least one GG staff member’s childhood memories of clogged disposals and the nightly post-dinner racket as the grinder tried to do something with potato peels, chicken bones and the occasional stray fork.)
What do you think? Should we have included garbage grinders as an option? Were there other alternatives we should have considered? Play the game and let us know.By Gail Robinson on November 19, 2007, 1:10 pm
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